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Category: Black Excellence

Tulsa’s Gathering Place to Kick Off Its 100-Day Opening on September 8th with The Roots in Concert

For kids of color, especially those in North Tulsa, A Gathering Place just might be where reading and having fun finally converge ― and where their imaginations can roam just as much as their bodies will.

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A black teacher’s prayer

I pray that my students will be so lucky enough to arrive in a classroom with a culturally competent teacher who looks like them and is passionately and unapologetically black. And should they not land in a class with a teacher who does not share the same racial ancestry, my next prayer is that they will encounter a benevolent teacher who will love and celebrate them as I have done. I pray they will gain a wonderful pedagogue or role model who will tell them that the sky is the limit for them and that they can be whatever their heart so desires.

Oklahoma School Leader channels Shirley Chisolm: “Run Young People, Run”

Last night, in partnership with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) and Kara Kelty, we had a small gathering of Teach For America (TFA) corps members and alumni in our home to discuss the state of education in OK and how we might best advocate on behalf of all our children. We had two elected leaders in the house – our city councilor, Vanessa Hall Harper, and School Board member and TFA alum, Amy Shelton.